The Signs of His Coming and the End of Age!!!
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come…… Matthew 24:1-14
In our previous studies, We have been considering the characteristics of the Pharisees. In this Chapter, we read about Jesus speaking about the Future, about the second coming, about the tribulation that would take place before His second coming, about the persecution of His Disciples and the rise of many false Prophets and many signs of His second coming. It is of no use studying prophecy if we don’t understand how to be free from Hypocrisy and Phariseesim. Many people are interested in this Chapter but are not interested in the Previous Chapter that deals with Pharisees and how to live a Life of purity. It is when we have taken serious heed to the Warnings about being a Pharisees that we can gain from this Chapter.
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”: Here we see Jesus Prophesying that these Temple that they cherished so Much will be thrown down completely. The stones will be leveled down to the extent that there would be no stones left upon the Other. It was something that was going to take place later in the Future. We know from history 40 years after the crucifixion of Jesus that the Roman Generals came and destroy the Temple.
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”: So His Disciples came to Him asking Him Three questions. Firstly, when will these things be? That is, Where will these Temple going to be Destroyed? Secondly, What will be the Signs of Your Second Coming?, Thirdly, What will be the Signs of the End of the whole age of Human Race? It is important to bear these questions in mind as we go into these area because Jesus provided the answer to the three questions in His Teachings on this Mount. And these three Things will happen at different time. The Temple was Destroyed 40 years after Christ. The Second Coming of Christ has still not taken place 2000 years after Christ. And the end of the age of Human history will even be another 1000 years(Millennium reign) after the Second Coming of Christ. So we need to bear these in mind as we see what Jesus has to say to His Disciples because in His statement, He was providing answers to all.
Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many: It is quite interesting that the First warning the Lord gave concerning His second Coming and end of the World is against Deception. There is going to be a tremendous amount of Deception in the Last days. Many would come saying, ‘I am Christ’. We need to understand this statement carefully. How many people have you heard saying, “I am the Christ, the Saviour?” In the History of the world, only a few lunatics had said that. How many people would be misled if someone stands on the Pulpit and says He is Jesus Christ? I don’t think any Christian I know will be deceived by that. What Jesus was saying with that statement was, “Many would come in My name saying to People that, ‘Jesus is the Messiah’ and then go around Misleading People with the Bible in their hands” Jesus was talking about those who accepts Jesus as the Messiah and Yet are misleading others. And indeed, there are a lot of people preaching in Jesus name today and Yet misleading Many with all kinds of Wrong teachings and Doctrines. This is the First warning Jesus gave, “Wide spread Deception”. It is very significant that though Jesus spoke about Many signs here, Like War, Famines, earthquakes and persecution, the one thing that He kept repeating three times is Deception(Vs 4,11,24). So one of the Primary Characteristics of the Last days is that there would be great amount of Deceptions in Christianity. How shall we escape these Deceptions? I think that is what We really need to understand. The Holy Spirit said through Paul concerning the Coming of the Anti-Christ that there would be a great signs and lying wonders that would deceive those that did not receive the Love of the Truth that they might be Saved from Sin. And because they did not receive this truths that free people from Sins, God Himself sends on them a strong delusion so that they would believe the Lie and Perish(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). This is a terrible condition to be in. Our Hearts, our Lust and the Devil is trying to deceive us already. Our Hope is in God alone to protect us. But here it says, God Himself will deceive us. Then there is no Hope!!! If we Love the Truth and seek to be saved from Sins, then we will never be deceived. When God shows you something as You read your Bible and Listen to a sermon or in different circumstance and you discovered that you are selfish, proud or seeking your own in something. Just be honest and Say, “God that’s True!!”. Secondly, When You see something in Scripture which is contrary to what You have believed all your life, acknowledge it and stand for the Truth even if you have to say publicly that You were wrong. Seek to be saved from Sin more than to be saved from Sickness and poverty. If you follow this principles, I can guarantee you that You will never be deceived for God will always protect You.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.: What do we read in the Newspapers these days? Exactly what Jesus said Here. Rumours of wars and wars. Nation against Nations, Kingdom against Kingdom. And these things are happening all around us. And it is of no use praying that these things would not happen because Jesus said it would happen. But He said to Us, “Don’t be Troubled, Don’t be afraid”. If you are a child of God, the hair of Your head are numbered. You are of more value than many sparrows. Nothing can touch You till God permits it. We need to be established in these Faith in these last days. One of the words Jesus constantly says to His Disciples concerning the last days is, “Don’t be afraid”. There will be famine, earthquakes and so on but Yet not the end. All these are Just the Beginning of Birth pains. The second coming of Christ is compared to the Birth of a Baby. And you know that when a Mother is Looking forth to the Birth of a Baby, she realize that before the Birth of the baby, she was going to go through severe pain. So all these Famine, earthquakes, wars and so on are the beginning of Birth pains that precedes the coming of the Lord. It is the beginning of the end. But don’t be Afraid. The Hairs of your head are numbered. And these should excite us that this is an indication that our Bridegroom is coming to take us for the Marriage.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.: Here is another thing that would happen before the Coming of the Lord. They will deliver Us up to Tribulation. Do we look forward to Tribulation? No!!! Does a Mother Looks forward to the Birth Pains? No!! She is looking forward to the Birth of the Baby. But she knows the Birth pains would come before the baby. Definitely!!! So we don’t look forward for Tribulation but we know that Tribulation will come First before the Coming of the Lord. It is one of the Signs that was clearly written. We would be delivered in to Tribulation not Out of Tribulation and some of Us will be Killed. And All Nations will hate us because we stand for the name of Jesus and the Principles of His words. Now some people say Jesus was referring to the Jews here but that cannot be. Not ALL Nations hates the Jewish because of Jesus name. The Jews may be hated for other reasons but definitely not because of Jesus name. Jesus was referring those that are His Disciples. His Disciples would be hated by All nations before they proclaim the name of Jesus. This is one of the Clearest things Jesus spoke. Yet Everybody speaks of War, earthquakes, Famines, but nobody speaks of the Fact that there would be a great Tribulation before Christ Comes again. And the reason is that the Devil has deceived vast majority of Christianity that “You will not go through the Great Tribulations and that Christ would come and Secretly Rapture all of you before the Great Tribulation”. There is no one verse in the Bible that teaches that. It is the Lie of the Devil. And Yet many has been fooled through it. Jesus says in John 16:33, ” In the world you will have tribulation”. What People don’t understand is that Tribulation is not the Judgement from God. Christians will never face the Judgement of God. The Judgement of God is Called the “Wrath of God”. Tribulation is always from Men.
One reason why people will Fall away at that time is that their Leaders never prepared them for Tribulation. They were told Christ would come and secretly Rapture You. So they were waiting for that and then Tribulation comes first and because they were not Prepared for that, they fall away. Those who were believers would Fall away during this time of Tribulation. They would betray and hates one another. Let me advice You at this point. “What Would You lose if You prepare for Great Tribulations and then Rapture Comes First? Don’t you think it is dangerous Preparing for Rapture and then suddenly discover that Great Tribulation comes first?” Be wise!!! None of Us is strong enough to face the Great Tribulation of that day, but God’s Grace is sufficient for us. He will never allow us to be tempted beyond our abilities.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.:This is the main warning Jesus kept repeating about Deception. We are coming more and more into those days. Deception is rampant in Christianity. Be careful to be rooted in the Word and in Love. There is going to be a Lot of lawlessness and Sin in the World particularly through the Entertainment and Music Industry. A Lot of Movies and Music. Sin is going to increase. A lot of Adultery and Homosexuality, rapes and all kinds of things. And the result of these is that, The love of Many will become Cold. Instead of Loving Jesus Fervently, they will cool off in their Love for God and others. When people are no longer ashamed of Sin, the results is that others will cool off in their Devotion to the Lord. But only those who endure in fervent Love for Christ and one another will endure to the End. No Matter how others treat Him, He will endure Love and then be saved. So salvation comes to the one who is willing to endure to the End. There are some who say once we have accepted Jesus as Our Lord, there is no danger of Falling away. They say, “Once Saved, Forever Saved”. This is a dangerous doctrine and Scriptures teaches otherwise. This is one verse that shows that. Only the one who endures to the End will be saved. When We become born again, we are placed at the beginning of the race. But there are many who starts the race and never finishes.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come: Not the Gospel of Financial prosperity and Healing. But the Gospel of the Kingdom of God which is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.(Romans 14:17). This Gospel of the Lordship of Christ over our lives. These Gospel that You can live a life where You be will be righteous in our thoughts always before God and Man, where You will have peace with God and Man and be filled with Joy through the Power of the Holy Spirit. It would be preached as a witness in every nation. It doesn’t says the Whole world will respond to this Gospel or that many will be converted through it. But it would be preached as a witness and testimony to the World. And that is why those of us who have come to the experience of this Gospel have a responsibility to share with others for now we have seen many signs around us that indicates the Coming of the Lord is near. For the Lord has called all of us to be His Witnesses. And then the end will come.
Dear Friend, I would Like You to read this Passage again in Your Bible with an open Mind. Forget everything You have been taught about Rapture before Tribulation. And Read this passages again in your Bible. And You will discover that Truly there would be a Great Tribulation before Rapture. Beware of Deception!! Fear not!!! God will never allow us to be tempted beyond we can bear. Seek to be a Witness for Him in these last day. May the Lord give us Grace to stand up for Him when Many will fall away(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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